Category: Culture

What do you think about “Naked Attraction”?

By: | Post date: July 3, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/naked-attraction/on-demand/63570-001 I caught a glimpse of it while channel-surfing. My thoughts: Most of these reality shows are better in the original American: Dating Naked. I find something very trashy and mean about UK Reality TV in general, and this did not appear to be an exception. Once again, the contrast between the American and the […]

Do you think “homo prospectus” would be a more accurate title for humans than “Homo sapiens”?

By: | Post date: June 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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The claim, Googling tells me, comes from Homo Prospectus (2016), by Martin Seligman et al. Its programmatic claim is that: Our species is misnamed. Though sapiens defines human beings as “wise” what humans do especially well is to prospect the future. We are homo prospectus. If the title is to be more accurate, then we […]

What are your results on the new 8values political ideology test?

By: | Post date: June 11, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal

https://8values.github.io/ You know, for someone who has said publicly that they have made their peace with the market, I’m still scoring pretty socialist. For someone who despairs of the morass of modern Western democracy, I’m still scoring pretty democratic. For someone who thinks globalisation is proving a mistake, I’m still scoring pretty internationalist. And for […]

Are there lesbians because girls are so hot?

By: | Post date: May 25, 2017 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Culture

Actual lesbians have answered this question, and now, despite my better judgement, so will I. Using the insightful comment of one of their number as a springboard: Molly Juul: https://www.quora.com/Are-there-… The “aesthetically finding women more beautiful”-phenomenon is 100% social. Women are sexualized sooo much in the media, and men are constantly being told that “women […]

How is Nihilism relevant to the Modern world?

By: | Post date: May 17, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

Bit of a big question there, and nihilism is a big concept—that often gets used quite loosely, to mean “relativistic” or “cynical”. We are in a time in the West, of course, when a lot of longstanding moral absolutes have been increasingly questioned or scrutinised, and the outcome has been called nihilistic by both proponents […]

Is gender dysphoria a recent phenomenon?

By: | Post date: May 16, 2017 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Culture

I should be careful about opining here, but this is a discussion that, as it happens, I’ve had recently with a couple of trans women. Gender dysphoria–or at the very least, awareness of gender/sex mismatch—seems to be very old, given the number of attestations of gender-diverse instances in human societies, and of androgynous cultural artefacts. […]

What texts and experiences shaped the development of your political views? What were the seminal factors in the growth of your civic sensibilities? What books most influenced you? What events?

By: | Post date: May 10, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal

I am somewhat surprised to have been A2A’d this by four people. That my politics should be of interest at all, though I haven’t expressed my politics here coherently, is likely more a token of their esteem than my interest. I am somewhat mortified to have been A2A’d this by four people. Unlike the other […]

Who is the most feminine woman you know?

By: | Post date: May 4, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

A2A by Emlyn Shen. Now, I am cis. Emlyn is trans. Inspired by this tweet, pic.twitter.com/A47L9UBDtn — jordan (@redazarath) May 2, 2017 —I asked a trans friend of mine. I would have asked Emlyn herself, but she A2A’d me, so that hardly seems fair. Nick: You’ve reflected on femininity; you’d have a much better informed […]

How do you retain and instill an ethnic identity from birth when living in a foreign country?

By: | Post date: May 2, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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I’m not going to speak to the details of the question, but to the general question: how to help instill your ethnic identity abroad, in a child whose identity you have some say in. (If you don’t have a direct say in it, Andrew Crawford’s answer applies: be a good role model.) Acknowledge that the […]

What’s your process for writing poetry?

By: | Post date: May 1, 2017 | Comments: 2 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal

Clear my head No, really clear my head Have a vague idea of what the argument is that I’m going to write Have a concrete idea of what the form is that I’m going to write in Start thinking up phrases in iambic pentameter Keep thinking up phrases in iambic pentameter Wait till my heart […]

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